The head judge in Missouri pushed the House Budget committee to give more money to state drug courts. Sherman Fabes has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice William Ray Price Jr. has advocated for drug courts for more than two years.
Justice Price calls these courts--which takes prisoners out of jail and rehabilitate them into society--an effective way to save Missouri money.
But his attempts have proved unsuccessful.
|Description: "In fact we asked for more money from them to help with the drug courts. It has become apparent to me in the last two years: There will be no more new money."|
Legislators in the House Budget committee voiced public safety concerns over the idea of inmates being freed from prison.
From the State capitol I'm Sherman Fabes, NewsRadio 11-20 KMOX.
Missouri house budget committee members voiced their concerns Tuesday over giving more funding to state drug courts. Sherman Fabes has more from Jefferson City.
Wrap: Missouri Supreme Court chief justice William Ray Price pushed for increased funding to drug courts--which give nonviolent inmates a chance to rehabilitate themselves into society.
Price said the state could save more than 16 thousand dollars per inmate.
But St. charles representative Sally Faith says she worries over the transparency of this plan.
|Description: "I can see where it's an opportunity or an option but I would in that process or that development that there would certainly be an education piece."|
Faith also voiced public safety concerns.
Price says the plan would not take effect until Missouri's 2012 budget.
From the State Capitol, I'm Sherman Fabes, News Radio 1120 KMOX.